National Eating Disorders Association

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mylesalexander
Introductions

Hey guys. I'm a recovering anorexic/bulimic. It's been about 11 months since I last purged, and coming up on three years since I started on my road to recovery. Just saw no one was posting and wanted to start a conversation.

eghall
Hi!

Hi! It's good to hear such a positive story of recovery! How do you feel about your progress so far? I know how hard it can be but also how rewarding it is.

Thanks for the intro and starting a convo!
eghall

mylesalexander
Coming up on three years in recovery!

eghall,

My story is a continuing one. I'm coming up on my 3rd year in recovery next month, and going strong. I'm an athlete, so when I think about where I was, in a hospital, getting winded walking up and down stairs, to competing at my level, gives me strength to continue to have a healthy relationship with my body and food.

This isn't to say that I don't struggle. I still struggle, like a lot of us do. Some day's are still difficult, and holidays can be excruciating, but I have a great support from my coach and family to remind me how far I have come and how important it is to continue to "feed myself lovingly." (a phrase I have tattooed on my forearm as a constant reminder. )

I personally view myself like an alcoholic, always recovering, never recovered. I always have to keep myself in check. The difference now, to where I was even two years ago, is that it's easier (most days) to nourish my body. I'm blessed that the days of crying while eating food before and after practice are over.

MLA

eghall
Inspiring

MLA -

You sound like such an inspiration! It's great how you focus on how far you've come, and at the same time you haven't forgotten what ED stole from you, like your ability to compete and the tears at the table. EDs can be like an alcohol addiction of sorts, as it takes time to heal. I've heard a lot of stories of recovery so I hope you will see that stage one day!!

It's always good to remind yourself of what your body does give you and what it is capable of in your competitions. I hope you are so proud of yourself for coming upon your 3rd year!!!

You truly are an inspiration. Thanks so much for your story!!!
egh

Bree_zy11
moving forward

So glad I have stumbled upon this website. Feels so good to hear others stories. 6 months into recovery and going strong, but it is nice to have somewhere to go to for inspiration on those vicious days. <3

nackerman
lets make this conversation GROW!

Hey all, thought i'd write something here now that I think I'm starting to get the "hang of things"... I'm coming up on my 1 week anniversary of getting out of residential treatment for my ED. Been keeping strong and motivated for the past 6 days at home with my family and my cat, Indie. My life has changed so much in the past month that it's hard to put my thoughts and feelings into words right now. But I came out of treatment with a really positive attitude and I'm proud of that, and i think I'll be able it going!

thanks for starting the thread, and for sharing your stories!
-n

Bree_zy11
congrats nackerman!

getting out of residential is a huge accomplishment. positive attitude is the key to success, take things day by day so your are not overwhelming yourself! road to recovery is a bumpy one but is most certaintly worth it..
"just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming!" -Dory:)

annacpet
thank you to everyone who is

thank you to everyone who is speaking out. Having an eating dissorder is even harder with so many stigmas around the disease. I often feel like a fake for claiming that I have an eating disorder in the first place.... Well, I'm 4 weeks out of residental treatment, and feel so much stronger. Days can be very very hard, but it cant compete with the life that i am getting back. I am painting again! today is very hard, but i know that i just need to get through it and then i will have a tomorrow. Thank you all for being present and being open.

nanzhu
thank you annacpet!

Thank you for sharing your story, annacpet! As a fellow artist, it's great to hear you are painting again. You bring up a great point about the stigmas associated with eating disorders - it's certainly something that we can help change through education and you're taking a huge step in speaking out about your experiences!